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A Somonka Query About Love

“So talk about love.
Or perhaps even hatred.
Whatever moves you.
Share what’s brewing in your mind.
A caring soul will listen.”

“The two are wedded.
Though sometimes they are divorced.
Love may court hatred.
Reconciliation sought.
Indeed the two are partners.”

About this poem

Quite recently, I’ve been reminiscing about how language functions semiotically and structurally as a sign comprised of a signifier and a signified, and specifically how, as a sign, language has a genetic metaphysical component that, like a lodestone, “attracts” words to their semantic opposites, in such a manner that a word’s antonym, while opposed to its synonym ally, behaves very much like the alchemical ouroboros, seeking the very thing that it opposes, and which opposes it in turn, in order to claim and assert its own identity and significance; the synonym and antonym behaving as signifier-signified to each other. Like the pairing of signifier-signified, such is the nature of “love,” especially when it is unrequited, not openly reciprocated, and thereby resorting to court its alter ego, identified as “hatred” with the two emotions knotted in Somonka expression as “Statement” and as “Response.” In this poem the statement is posed as a query, seeking validation of the nature of love. The response to the query provides a direct but complex retort that expands the inquiry about love, and thereby invites a debate. 

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Written on February 05, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 05, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 292
Words 57
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Life doesn't have to be complicated, life is what you make it !
    Work by the sweat of your brow may not be the case anymore but just remember,
    talk is cheap, actions are expensive, don't talk about it until you can afford the action ! 
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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